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Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. One of public radio's most popular programs, Fresh Air features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Broadway's Barbara Cook: The 'Vanishing Middle Class'; Matt Ross

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 8:00am

Cook says her first memories are of singing. Mat Johnson says it's all too easy to slide back economically in America. Silicon Valley actor Matt Ross moves off the grid with Captain Fantastic.

'BFG' Is A 'Delumptious' Pairing Of A Happy Child And A Radiant Old Soul

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:38pm

Steven Spielberg's latest movie is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book about a big friendly giant. Critic David Edelstein says the BFG is "pure joy" — especially in its second half.

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:38pm

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of the band X discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. Originally broadcast May 2, 2016.

Maren Morris Mixes Country, Pop And Hip-Hop On 'Hero'

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:59pm

The singer-songwriter brings a fluid sense of musical boundaries to her first major-label album. Critic Ken Tucker says Hero features "very good, state-of-the-art pop country" music.

Remembering Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's First Guitarist And Manager

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:27pm

Moore, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, booked gigs for Presley during the early part of the musician's career. He later penned the memoir, That's Alright, Elvis. Originally broadcast in 1997.

Matt Ross Of 'Silicon Valley' Goes Off The Grid With 'Captain Fantastic'

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:27pm

Ross' new film, which he wrote and directed, is about a father living with his six children in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. "The movie is about choices we make, especially as parents," he says.

Jazz Legend Allen Toussaint's Touch And Timing Shine On His Last Record

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:13pm

The New Orleans-based musician completed recording his final album a month before he died last November. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls American Tunes a "fond last look" at Toussaint's talent.

How The FBI's Wiretaps And Sting Operation Failed To Stop The Orlando Shooter

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:13pm

New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau discusses the FBI's investigation of shooter Omar Mateen prior to the Orlando attack, as well as the bureau's broader efforts to pinpoint suspected terrorists.

'They May Not Mean To, But They Do' Is A Sparkling, Sad Family Affair

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:13pm

Cathleen Schine's new novel explores how one character's physical and mental decline ripples out to affect his whole family. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a mix of "fun and bad behavior."

Remembering Michael Herr, Whose 'Dispatches' Brought The War In Vietnam Home

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:55pm

Herr's 1977 book, Dispatches, was based on his time covering the Vietnam War. He also contributed to the films Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. Herr died last week. Originally broadcast in 1990.

'Nobody Is Immune': Bracing For Zika's First Summer In The U.S.

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:49pm

Author Donald. G. McNeil Jr. predicts that 2016 will be the worst for Zika transmission in the U.S. "After this year, a fair number of people will be immune, and ... immunity will grow," he says.

Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:14pm

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her new memoir is Then and Now.

A 'Wiener-Dog' Sows The Seeds Of Tragedy In New Film

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:14pm

Todd Solondz's new film consists of four episodes linked by a female dachshund, who has four different owners and four different names. Critic David Edelstein calls Wiener-Dog tragic and inspiring.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Veep' Actor Tony Hale; Sobriety And Sex; 'What A Fish Knows'

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 8:00am

Hale talks about playing "anxious characters" on Arrested Development and Veep. Sarah Hepola had to rethink her sex life after she quit drinking. Jonathan Balcombe discusses the inner lives of fish.

Pen-Pal Passion Is Revived In Broadway's 'She Loves Me'

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:01pm

BroadwayHD will be live-streaming a performance of the Tony Award-winning musical, She Loves Me on June 30th. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick spoke to Fresh Air on March 15, 2016.

Remembering Bluegrass And Banjo Legend Ralph Stanley

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 1:59pm

The Grammy Award-winning bluegrass pioneer died yesterday. He was 89. Stanley spoke to Fresh Air in 2002 about his career and his work on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

Handguns In America And The Rise Of The 'Concealed-Carry Lifestyle'

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 1:35pm

"Something really profound has changed in the way that we use guns," journalist Evan Osnos says. He estimates that 13 million people are licensed to carry a concealed gun in America.

What It's Like To Be A Part Of The 'Vanishing Middle Class'

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:10pm

Mat Johnson grew up poor, but managed to land in the middle class as an adult. Still, he says, opportunities for advancement are few and far between, and it's all too easy to slide back economically.

'There's A Reason Why I Play Anxious Characters,' Says 'Veep' Actor Tony Hale

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:06pm

Hale played Buster on Arrested Development and is Gary Walsh on the HBO series, Veep. "It comes from a lot of personal anxiety," Hale says. "It's really fun to bring that into the characters."

Forgotten History: How The New England Colonists Embraced The Slave Trade

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:11pm

American slavery predates the founding of the United States. Wendy Warren, author of New England Bound, says the early colonists imported African slaves and enslaved and exported Native Americans.

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